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The Dive Station was founded by Navy Veteran Keith Mattson in 1986. We are Veteran owned and operated with a staff that consists of mostly prior military, police, and fireman. One of the biggest benefits of diving with The Dive Station is that we have an onsite Pool to conduct all our confined water training. We are a 5 Star PADI Career Development Center that certifies divers from beginner as well as all professional-level Instructors. Our Technical Dive Training is like non-other with several different rebreathers to chose from as well as all levels of open circuit technical diving. We service tanks and any equipment that we are authorized to sell we can get you into the water with fills and scrubbers for any level diver, pick your mix Air, Nitrox to Trimix.

  • Certified as a PADI IDC since 1986
  • More than 250 IDCs
  • More than 3,500 students trained
  • Certified as a PADI Career Development Center since 1995
  • Approved for Veterans Dive Training
  • Our founder, Keith Mattson, logged more than 13,000 dives



Keith’s dive instructor credentials started with PADI Course Director and extended through an impressive range of instructor trainer qualifications, to include Technical Nitrox, Advanced Deep Air, Advanced Wreck, Trimix, and Rebreather. Keith owned the Florida Diving Institute for 25 years and was the principal dive instructor.

“I have been in the business of training instructors for 35 years and I have conducted over 225 IDC’s in the past 35 years. If you are looking for an experienced course director, come to the Florida Diving Institute. You will depart with a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be carried with you forever. Some of my students are now PADI Course Directors and they use the same techniques that I have developed over the years of my teaching career. I look forward to having the opportunity of including you among my increasing number of successful CDC candidates and remember: The dream starts here at the Florida Diving Institute.”

Our founder, Keith A. Mattson, PADI Course Director #15561 established The Dive Station in 1986. More than 3,500 students were trained under his guidance, from open water to instructor. Keith taught over 225 Instructor Development courses and logged over 13,000 recreational and technical dives. The first PADI Enriched Air Instructor and first Emergency Response Instructor courses were conducted right here at The Dive Station. It was 1995 when The Dive Station became the first-ever certified PADI Career Development Center.